1. How are you funding this project? Are my tax paying dollars going toward building this garden?
The Langdon Community Garden Society will be funding the project through grant applications and sponsorship from various companies.
2. Where is the community garden?
The community garden is located on a 0.5acre parcel, in Langdon Park, leased through Rocky View County.
3. What are you going to do about the risks of crime and/or vandalism in the garden?
We have sought a number of preventative options to address this potential problem. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment. It is pronounced sep-ted and is known by various labels or names around the world such as Designing Out Crime and other acronyms. Based on the research we’ve done, beautifying empty spaces, decreases the risks of crime in that area
4. Why do we even need a community garden? We bought in Langdon to have bigger yards, we would have one in our yards if we wanted one.
Community gardens are very popular in communities all around the world, bringing gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. Community gardens provide other social benefits, such as the sharing of food production knowledge with the wider community and safer living spaces. Based on research, active communities experience less crime and vandalism. Communal gardening removes some of the burdens of gardening on your own. Help with watering, weeding, experimenting with new plants and vegetables, sharing stories and yield, helping with food bank plots, and generating a supportive spirit in this community toward philanthropy and social responsibility. The question should be why not?
5. Who is going to maintain the garden space? How will it be maintained? What if the project fails, what then?
We are a registered non profit society. With that, the group is subject to abide by various bylaws, levels of accountability and business acumen. Our board of directors and various volunteers are dedicated to ensuring the community gardens success and sustainability for years to come. Once a formal space is secured, and building has begun, a maintenance plan will be implemented and shared amongst the board members and volunteers. By signing a lease agreement for a dedicated space, we are bound by that agreement and would be subject to penalties should we default on the lease requirements. The societies goal of beautification in the community is one we take seriously. Our board and volunteers consist of contractors, landscape architects, and horticulturists, all willing and eager to build and maintain a growing space. If the project should fail, the garden society would be required to abide by stipulations of the lessee regarding reclamation of the space.
6. When can I rent a plot? How do I register?
Plots are available for rent NOW. Simply go to the rentals tab on the website, and find out how you can rent a 6X12 plot for the upcoming season.